CARSON / CARSONS – James 57th Regiment

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Mary Carson Midwife – m James Carson by Jean McDonald October 2010 EPG Gazette

57th Regiment West Middlesex Badge

Land Title Greenough Flats 1874

 

Name CARSON / CARSONS – James
Regiment (s)57th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1406
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
4th May 1840 / 20 years / Belfast Ireland
Butcher
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 5¼ in
Fresh / Brown / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 5 years 2 months
Length of Service21 years 35 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 7th June 1861 / Cork Ireland
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Belfast Antrim Ireland
Pension Districts1861 1st Belfast
1862 Bermuda (in transit)
1863-1884 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th October 1862 Gravesend (via Bermuda)
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERCHANTMAN 15th February 1863
Date/Place of Birthc1820 Belfast Antrim Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
FITZGERALD Mary
c1833 Cork Ireland
Date/Place of MarriageM 9th September 1854 St Michael’s Limerick City Limerick Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMargaret Theresa B c1855 Ireland
Bp 19th August 1855 Birr, Longhkeen Ireland
M HEPBURN David 1879 Geraldton Western Australia
D 16th September 1924 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Eastern Road Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
Mary Eliza B 1857 Fermoy Cork Ireland
Bp 5th July 1857 Fermoy Cork Ireland
Rebecca Rosa B 7th November 1858 Barracks Cork Ireland
M TOWNSEND James Edwin 1880 Not yet known
D 17th March 1897 Geraldton Western Australia Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Maria B 20th January 1861 Barracks Cork Ireland
M MEADOWCROFT Arnold 1887 Geraldton Western Australia
D 10th June 1947 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Utakarra Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
James Patrick B 1863 Fremantle Western Australia
M CAVANAGH Louise Rose1890 Dongara Western Australia
D 18th June 1941 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Utakarra Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
Mary Esther or Ester B 1865 Geraldton Western Australia
M VINCENT John Beckley January 1887 Western Australia
D 5th May 1960 Perth Western Australia
bur Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Richard Bernard B 3rd July 1873 Geraldton Western Australia
M OLLNIE or OTTINE Catherine Stonner 1898 Geraldton Western Australia
D 24th Feb 1946 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Utakarra Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
William John B 1868 Geraldton Western Australia
M MASSINGHAM Rosa Amelia1893 Western Australia
D 5th July 1957 Perth Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Karrakatta Western Australia
Joseph B 1871 Geraldton Western Australia
D 6th March 1886 Geraldton Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Utakarra Cemetery Geraldton Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Australia
4th May 1874 Title application Greenough Lot 5
7th September 1874 Title application Greenough Lot 6
31 acres (approx.)
Occupation after
Arrival
Temporary Assistant Warder Champion Bay 1865 – 2 days 1866 – 3 days
Butcher
Newspaper ArticlesThe Inquirer Wednesday 27th April 1864 page 2 Passenger list Favorite
West Australian 8th March 1886 – page 3 Death of son Joseph Carson
Victorian Express (Geraldton) 13th March 1886 – page 3 Inquest into death of Joseph Carson
West Australian 31 October 1892 page 2 Gold discovery at Lake Austin by James Carson (Jnr)
Geraldton Advertiser Monday 31st December 1900 Page 3 death of May Carson
Geraldton Guardian (1906-1928) Tuesday 25 August 1908 page 3 A Family Dispute: MEADOWCROFT V. CARSON.
Geraldton Guardian Thursday 19th August 1909 page 1 Meadowcroft V Carson
Geraldton Guardian (WA 1906-1928) 16 September 1924 page2 Death of Mrs. Hepburn
Geraldton Guardian & Express (WA 1929-1947) June 17, 1947 page 3 Death of a Pioneer Late Mrs. M. Meadowcroft Obituary
Departure from Western
Australia
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial20th April 1884 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
28th December 1900 Geraldton Western Australia
Urch Street Cemetery now Apex Park Geraldton Western Australia
Will or ProbateLetters of Administration SROWA Cons 3458/1887/124
Mary Carson, James Carson and David Hepburn applied for Letters of Administration as James had died intestate. The estimate value of his estate was under £500
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index

1851 James Carson 1406 Private 57th Foot location Dublin

1861 James Carson 1406 Private 57th Foot location Cork

Discharge at own request having completed 21 years service.

The Surgeon Superintendent of the Merchantman rated the conduct of both James and Mary as being Very Good despite James having deprived of his liquor allowance for 7 days for striking private Bagley. He lists 3 children – Margaret, Rebecca and Moriah.(Mariah?)

James was treated for an ulcer during the voyage.

22nd October 1866 Application to purchase Geraldton Town Lot (Fitzgerald Street) ¼ acre for £6. This was the allotment on which he built his home that was later contested by the siblings.

Convicted at Geraldton 15 September 1874 of assaulting one Lance Corporal Patten and sent to prison for 14 days and on same date in default of finding sureties to keep the peace towards his wife for 6 months, sent to prison for that period also. Reported by SOP to be bordering on insanity. His pension to be paid to his wife during imprisonment 9.2.75

After her husband’s death Mary was well known as a nurse and midwife in the Geraldton area and when the Township of Geraldton published its “Geraldton:150 Years 150 People” Mary was one of the personalities so honoured